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Asian Games 2018: Vinesh Phogat wins gold in free wrestling

Shooter Lakshay bags silver medal; Indian Men’s Hockey Team maul Indonesia 17-0

Prime News, International Games and National, Asian Games, Wrestling, Shooting, Hockey, Jakarta (Indonesia), August 21:- Vinesh Phogat on Monday created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games, brushing aside her rivals with remarkable ease in the 50 kg category.

Vinesh was a medal-favourite in her category and was likely to face stiff competition from Japan’s Yuki Irie whom she outplayed 6-2 in the final. It is surely a ground-breaking achievement for the 23-year-old firebrand Haryana wrestler.

Putting behind her heart-breaking loss at the Olympics two years ago, Vinesh began her victorious campaign with a revenge win against Chinese Yanan Sun against whom she had suffered that terrible leg injury which cut short her journey in Rio.

Meanwhile, young Indian shooter Lakshay Sheoran claimed the silver medal in the men’s trap event. The 19-year-old Lakshay shot 39 out of 45 to finish second on the podium. Taipei’s Kunpi Yang won the gold medal while equalling the Games record.

Indian Men’s Hockey Team maul Indonesia

The Indian Men’s Hockey team began their title defense at the 18th Asian Games 2018 by mauling hosts Indonesia 17-0 in the first Pool A match here on Monday.

Three Indian players, Dilpreet Singh (7′, 30′, 32′), Simranjeet Singh (13′, 38′, 53′) and Mandeep Singh (30′, 45′, 49′) ended up scoring hattricks, with Rupinder Pal Singh (1′, 3′), Akashdeep Singh (10′), SV Sunil (25′), Vivek Sagar Prasad (27′), Harmanpreet Singh (31′), Lalit Upadhyay (45′) and Amit Rohidas (54′) supplying the remaining eight.

It was men against boys on the pitch as the Indian forwards showcased top form and rendered the Indonesian defence clueless, with the P R Sreejesh-led squad demonstrated different variations to score goals. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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